My Sources? Just Google It!

Response: Go bleep yourself.

We have this social media platform here called “nextdoor.com“. It’s pretty handy because it connects you to people that live in your immediate neighborhood, as well as those in the next neighborhoods over. There are lots of useful things posted about local schools, events, lost pets, free stuff in the alley, etc. I highly recommend joining whether you are a homeowner or not. Continue reading “My Sources? Just Google It!”

Mere Christianity

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.

A friend of mine is a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and I asked for a recommendation. “Mere Christianity” was the response. So, like most books of this nature I like to take notes so that I can internalize the content better. Also like most books that I read, I may or may not finish it, but I’ll get as far as I can! Continue reading “Mere Christianity”

The Lighter Side of Thinking: Amusement

“If you came here for looking something profound, you’re gonna have a bad time.” –Meme

One of my guilty pleasures is 9gag.com. It’s a comedy website/mobile-app with user-generated content that can range from completely vapid to utterly profound, and yes—sometimes quite dark. I think the reason why I like this site and memes in general is its evolutionary nature. Each meme is a little information packet that comes with pre-coded meaning. The users take that pre-coded meaning and mutate it in a slightly different way with a new perspective or experience. Meme culture is the very embodiment of an online tribe: you either “get it” and you’re in the in-group, or you don’t and you’re a loser. So there. Continue reading “The Lighter Side of Thinking: Amusement”

“I’m bad at math.”

Answer: There’s no Substitution for Practice.

Today, I was listening to a panel of well-known science communicators and towards the end during the Q&A session, someone asked “I’ve always wanted to be an astronautical engineer, but I’m horrible at math. I’ve got lots of passion. Can this dream ever be a reality, and where do I start?” Continue reading ““I’m bad at math.””

Strengthen the Individual

Smash every idea with as much intellectual strength as you can muster.

Jordan Peterson has been taking the internet by storm lately. Yes, he has had a long career as a professor and he’s spent a lot of time reading, thinking and developing his ideas, but it just seems like only lately he’s inserted himself into the limelight, and the internet is just EATING HIM UP–myself included. I find myself utter fascinated by his insights, but they’re so new and far from my usual thoughts, that I find it hard to internalize and summarize his ideas when telling other people about them. Continue reading “Strengthen the Individual”

Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity

“It’s not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell.” —Jordan Peterson

This is a distillation of some of the ideas that I’m hearing from Jordan Peterson. I can in no way take credit for any of these ideas, I am merely listening to his discussions, and taking notes. The references are at the bottom. I encourage you to listen to them.

Jordan Peterson talks about Christian symbolism a lot (and sometimes other stories like Pinocchio and Batman) and repairs the old stories to their deeper meanings. “It’s important to understand what the stories mean because back then we just didn’t really know what the hell we were doing. We’re smarter that we know, but the problem is we don’t know ourselves. We reveal our true self in the symbols constantly, but then have to reflect on that to understand what it is that we’re up to.” Continue reading “Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity”

Teaching Toddlers Music

Today I broke out a harp music book in front of my kid for the first time since I started reading books to him. It’s been a while since I played from a music book, I’m not gonna lie. Since he’s been born, I’ve been busy with reading guitar and ukulele chords/tabs because they’re way easier, and also a lot of fun. (By the way, for those that aren’t in the “harp club”, harp music looks almost the same as piano music. There’s a treble clef and a bass clef with “golf club” notes on a 5-lined staff.) I’ve never been particularly gifted at reading music, because I generally prefer learning tunes by ear. Continue reading “Teaching Toddlers Music”

Dubious Claims

Trump is the new Hitler.

Every once in a while I’ll be listening to a podcast or reading an article, and someone will say something outrageous—or not even outrageous, but rather just a simple claim that I want to fact check for myself. The unfortunate thing is, I don’t have a lot of time to really run these down, but I figure I’ll list them here and maybe someday I’ll get back to them.

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